Thursday, June 11, 2009

Greetings from Stratford, Ontario

Today's post comes to you from north of the border: I'm in Stratford, Ontario, for the annual Shakespeare Festival. Every time I come here, I'm reminded how incredible it is to visit a town that lives and breathes Shakespeare (and has a world-class culinary tradition, to boot).

Check back over the next few days for updates and photos of some of my favorite Stratford sites. (I know, this blog is supposed to be about Indianapolis. I'm cheating. Stratford is a quick seven-hour drive north--easy to accomplish in a long weekend--and there's really no other place on earth like this one.)

As a quick overview, here's my theater schedule for the weekend:

Friday, 8 p.m.: The Importance of Being Earnest
Saturday, 9 a.m.: Backstage tour
Saturday, 2 p.m.: Macbeth
Saturday, 8 p.m.: Julius Caesar (Wow, Saturday is going to be intense.)
Sunday, 2 p.m.: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

And, just for fun, let's conclude with my favorite quote from my favorite Shakespeare play (King Lear):

O reason not the need! Our basest beggars
Are in the poorest thing superfluous.

Allow not nature more than nature needs,

Man's life is cheap as beast's.

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